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Myanamar junta defiant over aid after cyclone

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Myanamar junta defiant over aid after cyclone


The international community is still struggling to get aid to Myanmar in the aftermath of the cyclone that devastated southern parts of the country. Some 1.5 million people are facing hunger and disease but the military regime is refusing to allow foreigners to distribute aid. Experts have warned of a second catastrophe.

Official figures say more than 23,000 people died but tens of thousands are missing and the death toll seem certain to rise.

The UN briefly suspended aid flights to Mynamar after authorities impounded two deliveries. Despite the outcry from the international community the junta shows no sign of allowing overseas experts to run the relief programme on the ground.

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